Mr. Surber brings over 15 years of experience in education, and is looking forward to his new role at the Montecito campus beginning July 1, 2013.

Laguna Blanca Board of Trustees formed a Search Committee, composed of trustees, Lower School parents, teachers, and administrators, to identify outstanding candidates. “We believe Andy is a terrific fit to lead the Lower School into the future and build upon its strengths,” said Search Committee Chair and Board Member Hani Zeini. “The committee was duly impressed by Andy’s positive energy, focus on child development, collaborative leadership skills, and administrative experiences, and we believe he will be a tremendous asset to our school.

Mr. Surber comes to Laguna Blanca from Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN, where he held the position of Head of Lower School for four years. He also has elementary teaching and middle school leadership experience at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, AZ and at Dakota Elementary Schoolin Dakota, IL. In addition to administrative and classroom duties, he has coached track and field, basketball, and football at the middle and high school levels. Mr. Surber earned a B.S. in Child Development from Rockford College and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

I’m thrilled to be joining this wonderful school community, and I’m looking forward to meeting each Laguna Blanca student and their family,” said Andy Surber. This Fall, Mr. Surber is looking forward to engaging in curriculum development with the teachers and character development activities with the students.

Mr. Surber and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Keenan (9) and Logan (7), and a newly adopted boxer named Stryker. He and his family look forward to relocating to Santa Barbara from Memphis this summer.

Families interested in meeting Mr. Surber and learning more about Laguna Blanca are welcome to drop by for a chat and enjoy a summer tour. For those interested in visiting Mr. Surber and the Lower School, please call Kim Romanov at (805) 969-1085 x415.

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